Are mammograms as good for small breasted women? Does the effectiveness of a mammogram decrease if you have small breasts?

Size doesn't matter. Breast size does not affect mammogram accuracy.
No. Even men can have mammograms. The way they are done doesn't really depend on the size of the breasts. In all cases, the brest tissue is "flattened" and the x-ray passes through the breast. Hope this helps.
No, . No, breast size generally does not affect the sensitivity of the mammogram. Breast density on the other hand, can affect the sensitivity of mammography. Breasts are made up of both fat and glandular tissue. If the breasts are mostly fatty, it is easier to detect a small tumor. Breasts that have a high percentage of glandular tissue and are very dense can easily hide small tumors. Breast implants can also make mammogram evaluation more difficult; for this reason, additional views are obtained on women who have breast implants (displaced implant views).

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Which acr and bi rads would you choose for this mammogram? 41 y/o, mid perimenopause, irreg. Periods, small breasts. Would like to have implants.

Not answerable. Your mammogram cannot be evaluated here. Mammograms, when obtained digitally, are reviewed on high resolution monitors using software designed to optimize viewing parameters. There is no short cut to this.
Unknown. Impossible to tell based on the question. Was there a specific abnormality mentioned in the report?

42, female w small breast. Normal mammogram last week exp. Random tingling, numbness, heaviness in right breast. Seeking cause & treatment?

Clinical Breast exam. If not already done, a clinical breast exam (cbe) done by your doctor is the first step to find the cause. Since your mammogram is normal, I doubt that we will find anything obvious to explain the cause of your breast symptoms, so visit your doctor for cbe; if it is normal, then I would not worry about anything else and treat this discomfort with a mild pain medicine like 2 tabs of tylenol (acetaminophen) as needed.

When do you get regular mammograms? Breast cancer does not run in my family, but I want to make sure I'm doing everything to stay in good health. At what age do you recommend women start getting mammograms?

Currently, . Currently, at our institution we recommend that a woman with no risk factors begin yearly screening mammography at age 40. However, the recommendation for beginning screening mammography has become more controversial due to the recently published recommendations by the us preventative services task force which recommends screening mammography for women age 50 to 74 years. A rationale behind this recommendation is that screening mammography in women age 40 - 49 years results in more false positive results with comparatively few cancers detected. Currently, both the american college of radiology and the american cancer society recommend yearly screening beginning at 40 years of age.
At 40. For my patients, I recommend a yearly mammogram starting at age 40.
40. You should start getting annual mammograms at age 40.

Can your breasts to be too small to get a mammogram?

No. They can even be done for men under certain circumstances.
Yes. If there is so little breast tissue the breast can not be placed between the paddles it may be technically difficult though I have been in practice for over 25 years and never had a technologist say they could not get the job done for a women even with small breasts. I would try again at a different facility.
Mammo. If there is any amount of breast tissue at all, generally a mammo can be performed.

How do they do good mammograms if fibrocystic breasts?

Improved technology. The technology of mammography machines has improved considerably over the past several years and can differentiate lesions more readily unless the breasts are extremely dense..
Same. Fibrocystic breast are dense and this makes it harder to see tumors and malignant calcifications but they can be seen. If the mammography is very unreliable then MRI should be considered.

If small calcifications show up on a digital mammogram and not on a breast sonogram. Should I be concerned?

Not yet. It's not that simple. You should be concerned only when your surgeon tells you to be concerned. There is not enough information in your story to make a decision like that.
Calcifications. Small calcifications may be difficult or impossible to visualize on ultrasound, while being relatively easy to see on the mammogram. The fact that the calcifications are not seen on US doesn't make them any more or less suspicious. Speak to your doctor about the next steps to take.